Proteas confirm Du Plessis appeal

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that skipper Faf du Plessis has appealed against the the ICC Match Referee's decision to find him guilty of ball-tampering during the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

The 32-year-old was adjudged to have breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct and fined 100 per cent of his match fee after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day's play.

But through a statement read by its Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, CSA revealed that it intends to support Du Plessis' attempt to clear his name.

"Faf has decided to appeal the match referee's decision after he and his legal team had studied the written reasons provided by the match referee," said Lorgat.

"In his mind Faf is clear that he did not alter the condition of the ball nor did he intend to do so and that the match referee was not correct to find him guilty. He is understandably feeling aggrieved.

"CSA will support him to appeal the decision before an independent Judicial Commissioner as there are issues relating to fair and just process, interpretation of the rules, science and performance that needs to be considered."

Du Plessis was booed by a section of the crowd on his way to the crease during the first day of the third Test in Adelaide, but responded by hitting an unbeaten century as the tourists reached 259-9 declared.

South Africa have already clinched victory in the three-Test series following comprehensive victories in Perth and Hobart.